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Sen. Charles Schumer Backs Resolution Against Part of $110B US-Saudi Weapons Deal

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York) supports a proposed resolution that seeks to bar a part of a potential $110 billion weapon sales deal between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, The Hill reported Monday.

President Donald Trump signed the weapon sales package with Saudi King Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud in May during his visit to Riyadh.

“The human rights and humanitarian concerns have been well documented and are important: of equal concern to me is that the Saudi government continues to aid and abet terrorism via its relationship with Wahhabism and the funding of schools that spread extremist propaganda throughout the world,” Schumer said in a statement.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) worked with Sens. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and Al Franken (D-Minnesota) to introduce the measure to turn down a small part of the sales package.

HuffPost also reported that Schumer specifically wants to block the Trump administration’s plan to supply precision-guided munitions to the Middle Eastern country through a potential $500 million deal.

A congressional aide told the publication the senators are scheduled Tuesday to decide on the resolution that seeks to show disapproval of Saudi Arabia’s role in the civil war in Yemen.

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